Donald Trump Presidential Candidate:
The Relevance of Donald Trump as an Irrelevant Presidential Candidate
I don’t know who you are voting for, but I’m With Her.
As an aside…
I was a
h-uge fan of “The Apprentice” especially, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Here is a short example of the show… It’s in the boardroom. My favorite part.
For those who don’t know, here’s the Wikipedia definition: Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.
I have always been a bit shy so I thought public speaking might help me develop more confidence. To a certain extent, it did.
The reason I mention my Toastmasters experience is to tell you about the beginning of my now (fairly passionate) interest in politics. Toastmasters attracts people of all ages and backgrounds.
There was a young woman there about my age at the time (early 20s). I didn’t speak to her very often as she was extremely shy and reserved and didn’t speak to many people.
However, one night when several of us went out for a drink after the club met, she and I began to chat. There was a national election coming up and she had been vigorously participating in one of the campaigns.
This mousey, brainy, plain, bespectacled young woman’s face suddenly beamed.
Now, there was color in her cheeks. Energy I had never noticed in her before.
At that time, I found voting to be a tedious chore. A nuisance. This young woman clearly didn’t see it that way.
Of course, many Americans feel extremely passionate about politics. The thing was… I didn’t get it. After listening to her bubble with excitement to be a part of the campaign… I really wanted to get it.
The year Bush beat Gore… I did.
Ever since then I have watched our national political arena with great interest.
This presidential race is a direct reflection of where American culture currently stands. There is an important point to be made here. That brings me to The Donald and Hillary.
One is a celebrity billionaire with a hit back as fast and as you can attitude. He seems to feel attacked quite often. He has approximately 4o% approval rate with the registered voters. (as of Aug./2016)
The other is a 30+ year political veteran with possibly the most experience any presidential candidate has ever had. However, Hillary has a reputation for being untrustworthy. She has approximately 52% approval with registered voters. (as of Aug./2016)
I’ve already stated, I’m With Her. However, I can understand why so may people are either undecided or have decided they won’t be voting at all this year.
The rise of Trump “The Apprentice” Candidate is stunning to say the least. It’s true he has broken so many political campaign rules that he’s written his own book.
At first, I (like many) thought he was somewhat entertaining, if kind of obnoxious and that his rise would soon fall.
Unfortunately, his Republican opponents had no good retort to his outrageous statements and lack of policy prowess. Hence, he rode his way (with few obstructions) to the Republican party nomination for president.
At this stage though, he needs to rein it in and become more “presidential” as so many of his Republican party members and fellow Americans have urged.
What does being “presidential” look like exactly?
In general, I would think most of us want someone who represents our country well. Both to its citizens and abroad. To keep a level head when everyone else is losing theirs. To respond with grace when provoked and with definitive force when seriously attacked.
As well, a president would knows how and when to apply these measured responses.
I won’t go into Trump’s specific behavior as that’s been television fodder for months now. Although, here is a humorous view from Stephen Colbert…
I will say it has become obvious since campaigning commenced that Donald Trump does not offer “measured” responses and what’s worse… has no interest in changing that.
Whatever you think of Hillary I genuinely believe she will try to run this country in the best way possible. Even if it’s done with a certain amount of arrogance and shadiness.
She will try to represent this country with “measured” responses. Hillary has demonstrated that in the past.
If not in her personal life, she at least attempts to do right by America even if she thinks she’s Queen Bee. At least she’s a tough, diligent Queen Bee.
The Donald on the other hand is a
h-uge baby. As Hillary and company often point out, he’s very thin-skinned.
He’s demonstrated a need to lash out when he feels he’s being threatened. That’s is a
This brings me to my point. As extraordinary as Donald Trump is in many ways he is also exceedingly common.
Like many white and privileged men in American he expects to be heard and listened to.
He expects to be respected and taken seriously.
Above all he expects to be agreed with. This is reflected in the people he keeps closest to him.
Remember I was a fan of “The Apprentice.” From season one to the final finale I watched almost every episode. The last part of the show made it a hit. That’s when the contestants entered the board room to find out who The Donald was going to fire. We then became privy to a billionaire and his decision making process.
Sometimes the choice to say, “You’re fired” was obvious. Most of the time it wasn’t.
You could see how Trump took in all the information from both sides. He’d process it allowing his intelligence and intuition to sift through it all.
Once he’d reached a conclusion… Bam! It was definitive.
It was certainly something to behold and respect. “The Apprentice” did last a whopping 14 seasons until his political mishaps became his folly. Studio execs could no longer associate themselves with Trump.
Spouting off on your own reality TV show is one thing. It’s another to tout yourself as a possible leader of the free world and not know when to shut up. Yet, 40% of voters are on his side. All polls indicate those voters are white men.
Aye, and there’s the rub.
I believe The Trumpster has as much support as he does because so many American men…
- Expect to be heard and listened to
- Expect to be respected
- Expect to be taken seriously
- Expect to be agreed with
And when they don’t, the American man feels justified in hitting back. Other men support it. Our laws support it. Even many women support this view.
My point in writing this article is to encourage self awareness. Too many men are unable to see their own behavior. See their own hypocrisy. See the very behavior in themselves that encourages strife and conflict in the world around them.
I encourage self awareness in men so that we can avoid creating relevance out of an irrelevant presidential candidate. A candidate who become relevant despite being devoid of political experience or temperamental discipline.
A presidential candidate who seems to think money, fame and the company of beautiful women are all you need to run a country.
I dare say, Donald Trump is only relevant as an irrelevant presidential candidate because there are so many men who agree with him.
Hillary Clinton may not be a perfect presidential candidate. However, she has demonstrated that she can and will work with people who disagree with her.
She’s demonstrated she will continue to move forward even when she isn’t heard or listened to. And Hillary has certainly demonstrated that she will persevere even when she’s shown a total lack of respect and isn’t taken seriously.
That’s why I’m With Her.
For the men reading this, I’m not suggesting you vote for Hillary.
I’m suggesting you look more deeply within yourselves. Discover how you contribute to the negative aspects of this country and the world around you.
After all, it’s still a man’s world.
We need you to dare not to be heard and say it anyway without threatening violence.
We need you men to insist that other men show restraint and respect in both word and deed. Especially, if they’re in a position of authority.